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A Florida judge has just cut Patriots owner Robert Kraft a huge break by ordering that a tape purportedly showing the septaugenarian franchise owner engaged in sex acts with massage parlor employees be sealed at least until the start of his trial on misdemeanor solicitation charges, or until a plea deal is reached.
After the tape reportedly leaked ever so briefly online (all traces of the tape were swiftly wiped from the Web), prosecutors handling the case of Orchids of Asia spa owner Hua Zhang and therapist Lei Wang had pushed for the video to be made part of the public record, something the legal team for the two women vociferously opposed. After the tape was leaked, lawyers for the pair called for the police in Jupiter to be held in contempt.
Judge - Kraft - Case - Issue - AP
Now the judge in Kraft's case has apparently settled the issue, according to the AP.
Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser accepted arguments by Kraft's attorneys that releasing the video could harm chances for a fair trial on misdemeanor prostitution charges, and ruled that it shouldn't be handed to the news media as a public record until either a jury is seated, a plea agreement is reached or the state drops the case. Kraft has pleaded not guilty.
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